Ways to maim people, Hussar-style!: The Mace

It’s nice to be back at school and talking about my favorite eastern-European horsemen again! Today’s subject is the ancient, brutal mass-weapon known as the mace.

The Hussar of the late medieval period was known to carry an arsenal of weapons on their person at any time in combat. Each death-dealing device generally had a specialized use and situation in mind. The mace is an ancient weapon, perhaps one of the original weapons from the beginning of mankind. It is literally a reinforced club meant for smashing things…usually peoples various vital areas. Now smashing is a very generic term, but it pretty much describes what a mace is used for at it’s very core.

During the time period of the early Hussar, the mace was one of, if not the most popular weapon in eastern Europe, a product of the trend towards heavy plate armor. The thing about plate armor is that a cutting weapon such as a sword will have an incredibly difficult time penetrating it. To damage the man inside, you need to apply percussive force strong enough to damage the internal organs through the wonderful fluting and creasing that gave gothic plate it’s strength. A mace will do exactly this, it’s heavy metal head more or less giving the unfortunate person inside an organ-damaging concussion, as well as crumpled metal armor, which would impede the functioning of the person inside. Think about getting hit with a metal baseball bat while wearing a thin cooking pot over your head and you get the idea. Now multiply the force by several fold, factoring in the Hussar striking from a horse moving 35mph. Painful ending? Guaranteed.

The mace was a simply devastating weapon…there’s a reason why the Hussar used it.

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